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Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Hands : Symptoms, Signs, Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Hands Video: Symptoms, Signs, Tests, Treatment

Rheumatoid Arthritis Is An Inflammatory Joint Disease That Affects Small And Big Joint.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Is An Autoimmune Disease That Causes Severe Self-Destructive Inflammation.

Women Are Three Times More Likely Than Men To Develop This Disease.

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Chronic Viral Infection May Also Trigger The Autoimmune Reaction.

Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Hands:

General Symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Weakness.
  • Fatigue And Tiredness.
  • Loss Of Appetite.
  • Numbness.

Pain Symptoms:

  • Pain Is Mild To Moderate And Localized Over Fingers Mostly At Metacarpo-Phalangeal Joint During The Early Stage Of The Disease.
  • Pain Is On And Off, Often With Period Of Less Or No Pain For Several Days During Earlier Stage Of The Disease.
  • Finger And Hand Pain Caused By Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Often Most Severe In The Morning.
  • Patient Often Complaints Of Joint Swelling.

Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Hands:

Joint Deformity Signs:

  • Joint Swelling.
  • Joint Subluxation.
  • Joint Dislocation.
  • Ulnar Deviation.

Other Signs:

  • Morning Joint Stiffness.
  • Joint Redness.
  • Soft Lump On The Back Of The Hand.
  • Inability To Straighten Or Bend Fingers.
  • Boutonniere Deformity.
  • Swan-Neck Deformity.

Investigations And Lab Tests:

  • X-Ray.
  • Mri And Cat Scan.
  • Ultrasound Tests.
  • Blood Examination.
  • Urine Analysis Tests.

Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis Of Hands:

  1. Conservative Treatment.

    • Heat Therapy.
    • Cold Therapy.
  2. Medications.

    • The Following Types Of Medications Can Be Prescribed By The Doctor:
    • Nsaids.
    • Prednisone And Corticosteroid Therapy.
    • Muscle Relaxants.
    • Adjuvant Medications.
    • Dmards.
    • Immunosuppressants.
    • TNF-Alpha Inhibitors.
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